Unexpectedly as gas prices go up people are driving less. This didn't occur before when the gas price rose people remained to drive the same and consume the same amount. But as the gas prices are rising ( currently the national average is $3.60) people are consuming less putting strain on he economy in many ways both directly and indirectly. Gas prices are predicted to rise to $5 in the summer of 2011. This is due to a political unrest in the middle east and africa because they supply much of the United States oil. They are expected to continue to rise. This will make people drive less and consume less gas slowing down the business cycle in almost every way. This is so because if people drive less they're work might not necessarily be affected but there spending of the money will. If people slow down how much they drive they are cutting of the money flow for the gas companies along with every other company because people wont be going to stores to spend money as much as they used to. This happens because a larger portion of the salary would be going towards the cost of gas then in previous years thus creating a slow in the business cycle along with demand for products, the supply of products( becaus epeople will buy less so they will produce less). This could also drasticly affect employment and unemployment as well because companies will have to fire people to keep there profit in place as demand goes down.